Pressing questions for AL Ty Montgomery Jersey Central teams

The American League Central has become a curious case study, with one or two teams expected to emerge from the pack but no one playing quite to form. With trade season picking up, the buzz in the division should soon take on a different shape.

The Royals sending Kelvin Herrera to the Nationals on Monday for prospects is expected to be the first step in a busy summer for them and the rest of the division. Now that the Draft is over, the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline becomes the top priority for many organizations, regardless of whether they’re making a postseason push. For scouts, midsummer travel often becomes a barnstorming tour to watch potential trade targets or evaluate prospects in the Minors. For general managers, the meetings become debates, from the club’s direction to potential targets from scouts and analytics.

The American Leag Ty Montgomery Jersey ue Central has become a curious case study, with one or two teams expected to emerge from the pack but no one playing quite to form. With trade season picking up, the buzz in the division should soon take on a different shape.

The Royals sending Kelvin Herrera to the Nationals on Monday for prospects is expected to be the first step in a busy summer for them and the rest of the division. Now that the Draft is over, the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline becomes the top priority for many organizations, regardless of whether they’re making a postseason push. For scouts, midsummer travel often becomes a barnstorming tour to watch potential trade targets or evaluate prospects in the Minors. For general managers, the meetings become debates, from the club’s direction to potential targets from scouts and analytics.

• Non-waiver Trade Deadline explained

One AL Central team, the Indians, clearly are in position to contend. The rest are either rebuilding, retinkering or rethinking. Here’s a team-by-team look at the pressing questions for each club.

INDIANS
The question: Will Cleveland acquire bullpen help?

Things went off the rails for the Indians’ bullpen in May, when the group turned in an 8.01 ERA that sent its relief corps toward the bottom of the AL rankings. While lefty Andrew Miller has dealt with injuries, manager Terry Francona has struggled to find consistency with his bullpen, making relief help an obvious need as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline nears.

Over the past two weeks, the Tribe has taken strides toward improving its ‘pen. Core arms like Zach McAllister and Dan Otero have performed better, while the acquisition of veteran lefty Oliver Perez and emergence of Neil Ramirez have also helped shore things up. Miller’s eventual return should continue the upward trend, but Cleveland could still greatly benefit from adding a lockdown relief arm for the stretch run.

Video: MIN@CLE: Perez strikes out Mauer looking in the 6th

ROYALS
The question: How many players will general manager Dayton Moore move before the Trade Deadline?

Moore has said repeatedly he won’t trade players for the sake of trading them, but he also is committed to restocking Kansas City’s farm system. Trading Herrera and Jon Jay has already landed the Royals several prospects, and Moore has other attractive assets in third baseman Mike Moustakas and super utility man Whit Merrifield. Moore is hesitant to move his best asset, All-Star catcher Salvador Perez, because he doesn’t think he’d get the return they’d expect. But the Royals will likely entertain offers on anyone else, from Danny Duffy to Jason Hammel to Justin Grimm and so on.

Video: Moore, Yost talk Kelvin Herrera trade

TIGERS
The question: Will GM Al Avila trade young stars Michael Fulmer, Matthew Boyd and Nicholas Castellanos, or will they become part of Detroit’s rebuilding process?

Don’t let the second-place standing fool you. The Tigers are still committed to rebuilding around young talent, and they will trade veterans for prospects to restock their farm system. Veterans like Francisco Liriano, Mike Fiers, Leonys Martin and Jose Iglesias are no-doubt conversation starters, but the most popular targets will be younger players like Fulmer, Boyd and Castellanos, all still in their 20s with club control and emerging talent.

Castellanos is a year and a half away from free agency, but he has made it clear he’d like to stay in Detroit. Fulmer and Boyd aren’t even in their arbitration years yet, let alone free agency. Avila said last weekend that he’ll listen to any deal that makes his team better in the long haul, but he doesn’t have a mandate to trade players. He’ll deal anyone if the offer is right, but don’t expect the Tigers to even consider trading Fulmer — an All-Star with four more years of control — without a premium return. Detroit’s top prospects are all starting pitchers, so the Tigers will have arms to step up when the time comes.

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TWINS
The question: Can Minnesota stay alive in the division race?

It’s still too early to know if the Twins will be buyers or sellers at the Trade Deadline, as it appears their best path to the postseason is winning the division given how far out they are of the AL Wild Card race. If they’re buyers, they’ll be looking for relief help and possibly a catcher. But if Minnesota is a seller, it will have several players in the final years of their contracts who could be moved, including Brian Dozier, Eduardo Escobar, Lance Lynn, Zach Duke, Fernando Rodney and Logan Morrison. Last year, the Twins sold at the Deadline, but they ended up having an impressive August which led to the second AL Wild Card spot. So it shows how things can change in a hurry.

WHITE SOX
The question: Should they stay or should they go?

From July 13 to August 31 of last season, the White Sox traded nine players from their Major League roster and received 12 young players in return. General manager Rick Hahn already has acknowledged on numerous occasions the trade movement not expected to be as significant in 2018, with the rebuild focus falling more upon talent development, but there still could be some moves made.

James Shields has made 11 straight starts of at least six innings with a 4.13 ERA in that span, making him a possible back-end-of-the-rotation addition for a contender. Closer Joakim Soria entered play on Thursday with six saves and a .138 batting average against in June, while currently injured players, such as outfielders Avisail Garcia and Leury Garcia, reliever Nate Jones and starter Miguel Gonzalez, could draw some interest with a successful return when healthy.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.


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Ro Ty Montgomery Jersey yals, Tigers to play game in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. — Baseball has anchored the Omaha community for decades, playing host to the College World Randall Cobb Jersey  Series in June and housing the Triple-A Storm Chasers. And now, thanks to an initiative from Major League Baseball, the game is coming to the city at its highest level.

Representatives of Major League Baseball, the city of Omaha and others announced on Thursday afternoon that the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers will play a regular-season game at TD Ameritrade Park on June 13 next season. The game will be part of the new GEICO Summe Ty Montgomery Jersey For Sale r Series, and it will be televised on ESPN.

OMAHA, Neb. — Baseball has anchored the Omaha community for decades, playing host to the College World Series in June and housing the Triple-A Storm Chasers. And now, thanks to an initiative from Major League Baseball, the game is coming to the city at its highest level.

Representatives of Major League Baseball, the city of Omaha and others announced on Thursday afternoon that the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers will play a regular-season game at TD Ameritrade Park on June 13 next season. The game will be part of the new GEICO Summer Series, and it will be televised on ESPN.

Commissioner Rob Manfred was joined by Royals general manager Dayton Moore, Tigers general manager Al Avila and several Omaha officials to announce the historic event, a part of continuous efforts to spread and promote the game.

“Over the last four years, we’ve pursued two initiatives that are probably most important to us,” Manfred said. “The first was to unite the various institutions that are involved in baseball, broadly defined under the umbrellas of Play Ball and One Baseball, and the second was to bring Major League Baseball to places where we don’t play every day. This game continues to advance both of these initiatives.”

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In addition to overseas efforts in countries like Australia, Japan and Mexico, MLB has in recent years hosted contests in untapped domestic locations such as Williamsport, Pa., the site of the Little League World Series, and Fort Bragg, a military base in North Carolina.

It was just a matter of time before MLB’s effort brought the game to the River City, which was at the top of the list of potential places to play.

“We identified the first year that I was Commissioner a number of potential sites, targets to play games that were not in our traditional ballparks,” said Manfred, who became Commissioner before the 2015 season. “Omaha was on that list from the beginning. …Our desire to be here had been strong all along; it was just a question of finding the right opportunity.”

Much of the pull to Omaha was due to TD Ameritrade Park, which opened in 2011 and is home to not jus Randall Cobb Jersey Cheap t the College World Series but the Creighton Bluejays as well.

“This may be the best non-Major League facility in North America,” Manfred said. “It’s a great, great facility, and that does make the playing and execution here a little easier.”

While the logistics of having two teams travel to a third-party city for just one day may be hectic behind the scenes, Moore believes the experience will not only be welcomed by the players involved but also highly anticipated, as it will offer clubs a change of pace from the traditional structure of a big league schedule.

“The players love to kind of break their routine a little bit, so it’s going to be fun for them,” Moore said. “They draw energy from the fans. As I said before, the environment was so important. This is an unbelievable environment. Our players, I think, will be re-energized to play in a venue like this, change it up a little bit.”

MLB has already announced further plans to play overseas in Asia, Latin America and Europe over the next few seasons. While Manfred couldn’t reveal exactly where, he said the league intends to play more games in Omaha and other domestic locations in the future.

“We’re committed to the idea that events like these, where we don’t ordinarily play, really dovetail nicely with our international efforts, in terms of trying to let people see the product up close and personal, and growing the game over the long haul,” Manfred said.

Manfred stressed consistently that these efforts seek not to step on the toes of college baseball and other institutions, but rather to develop and advance the game at all levels. And if you ask anybody involved, there’s no better place to do that than here, at the nucleus of it all, in Omaha.

“The College World Series, in and of itself, is a great event with a great tradition,” Manfred said, “but we hope that by playing here, we’ll be bringing even more attention to this game and help strengthen our relationship with the NCAA and college baseball as a whole.”

Jordan Wolf is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City.


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Tigers Ty Montgomery Jersey win 4th straight with late rally

CHICAGO — The Tigers’ plastic Rally Goose does not have a perch on the dugout rail Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ty Montgomery Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap ing at Guaranteed Rate Field, so it’s not as prominent on the road as it is at home. The rallies behind it, however, are becoming pervasive.

The Tigers have a four-game winning streak, the latest a 7-5 win over the White Sox on Saturday, yet have been tied or trailing going into the seventh inning each time. They haven’t carried a lead from the early innings throughout since roughing up Red Sox rookie Jalen Beeks on June 7 in Boston, yet they’ve won six of nine in the stretch to pull within two games of .500.

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CHICAGO — The Tigers’ plastic Rally Goose does not have a perch on the dugout railing at Guaranteed Rate Field, so it’s not as prominent on the road as it is at home. The rallies behind it, however, are becoming pervasive.

The Tigers have a four-game winning streak, the latest a 7-5 win over the White Sox on Saturday, yet have been tied or trailing going into the seventh inning each time. They haven’t carried a lead from the early innings throughout since roughing up Red Sox rookie Jalen Beeks on June 7 in Boston, yet they’ve won six of nine in the stretch to pull within two games of .500.

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They have nine wins when tied or trailing after seven innings. They have four consecutive wins since Miguel Cabrera‘s season-ending injury.

“It’s all part of the plan, man,” said Nicholas Castellanos, whose two home runs built an early lead Saturday that suddenly vanished before the Tigers pulled off one of their quirkier comebacks of the stretch. “It’s kind of stupid if you are on the outside looking in. But when you are on the inside and you know what you want to accomplish, and you’ve got a bunch of guys buying into the same thing like we have, it’s really remarkable what you can accomplish.”

Video: DET@CWS: Castellanos swats 2 homers, collects 5 RBIs

The Tigers picked up five RBIs from the previously slumping Castellanos, and four perfect innings from the previously injured Jordan Zimmermann, but ultimately won with an eighth-inning rally that included one ball hit out of the infield, one popup bunt single, a Jose Iglesias go-ahead infield single and two walks issued from former Tiger Bruce Rondon.

“When you’ve been doing it all year, it gives you a little confidence,” said JaCoby Jones, whose bunt attempt sent Rondon diving head-first toward home plate in an attempt to catch it. “When we get in later innings in close games, we don’t tighten up. We’re still loose. I think that’s what helps us out. We stay loose and we know we can do it.”

Video: DET@CWS: Jones bunts for a hit to load the bases

Had Rondon caught Jones’ popup, he could’ve squelched the rally, maybe found a double play at first or second. Instead, Jones’ single loaded the bases with nobody out. Rondon struck out rookie Grayson Greiner and tried to overpower Iglesias, but the resulting bouncer up the middle with infielders playing in left nowhere for an out as second baseman Yoan Moncada tried to field it on the left side of the infield. Niko Goodrum stepped off the bench for Ronny Rodriguez and drew a four-pitch walk from Rondon to force in an insurance run.

It wasn’t glamorous, but it worked.

Video: DET@CWS: Iglesias hits go-ahead RBI single in 8th

“One thing I give credit to everybody in this room for is, everybody checks their egos at the door and they do what they can to help the team win,” Castellanos said. “It’s not about anybody’s individual performances in here.”

Truthfully, the first half of the game was about Castellanos’ performance, having built the Tigers’ early lead. Castellanos entered Saturday in a 9-for-57 slump over his previous 13 games, but connected for two home runs of Randall Cobb Jersey f White Sox starter Lucas Giolito (4-8) — a three-run shot to complete a two-run rally in the third inning, then a two-run homer with two outs in the fifth. His first home runs since June 1 marked his first multi-homer game since last August. His five RBIs matched his total for June heading into Saturday.

Zimmermann, making his first start in six weeks following a right shoulder impingement, retired his first 12 batters with barely any solid contact through four innings. Just as surprising as his perfect stretch was, his turn in the fifth inning was stunningly quick, with four hits and three runs in a five-pitch span, including a Charlie Tilson two-run single.

Video: DET@CWS: Zimmerman strikes out M Ty Montgomery Jersey For Sale oncada looking

“We’ve got a lead 5-0, and then Zim got in trouble,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “Gotta recognize a little quicker that they’re swinging at the first pitch. We didn’t make an adjustment there. You’ve gotta stop it. They’re jumping him early and he ends up giving up four runs, then they tie the ballgame up, and here it is a dogfight.”

The Tigers keep pulling out the dogfights.

Video: DET@CWS: Tigers players discuss the team’s 7-5 win

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Greene works ninth: Though Gardenhire was prepared to go into Saturday with closer Shane Greene on rest after pitching three consecutive days, Greene told Gardenhire before the game t Ty Montgomery Jersey hat he felt fine. Gardenhire took him at his word, using Joe Jimenez for a perfect eighth inning once the Tigers took the lead. Greene retired the bottom of the White Sox lineup in order in the ninth, capped by back-to-back strikeouts, for his fourth save in as many days.

Video: DET@CWS: Greene strikes out Palka to record the save

“I long-toss every day, and I throw on flat ground every single day, so the days when I don’t pitch are like off-days,” Greene said. “I take a lot of pride in getting ready to compete on a daily basis.”

SOUND SMART
Greene became the first Tigers closer to record a save on four consecutive days since Todd Jones did it from June 30-July 3 in 2000. No closer in the Majors had recorded saves on four straight days since Milwaukee’s Jeremy Jeffress on July 28-31, 2016.

HE SAID IT
“Sure, it’s always fun. Touch ’em all, high-five your friends. I’m just kind of getting back into the rhythm of things and staying connected on my swing.” — Castellanos, on his two-homer game

UP NEXT
Blaine Hardy (2-1, 3.55 ERA) makes what could be his last turn in the Tigers’ rotation for a while when he takes the mound for Sunday’s series finale against the White Sox, a 2:10 p.m. ET start. Hardy has allowed two runs or less in four of five starts since replacing injured Francisco Liriano, who makes a Minor League rehab start Sunday night in preparation for a potential return next week. James Shields (2-7, 4.63) will start for the White Sox.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.


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Maggie O’Hara first woman in Ty Montgomery Jersey Tigers analytics

DETROIT — Maggie O’Hara was a college softball player with a theory.

“I thought one of our catchers seemed to be maybe not framing pitches as well,” she explained.

DETROIT — Maggie O’Hara was a college softball player with a theory.

“I thought one of our catchers seemed to be maybe not framing pitches as well,” she explained.

O’Hara was not a pitcher, so she didn’t have a personal stake in this. But she was the team captain. She was also an economics and statistics student at the University of Chicago. She read “Moneyball” when she was in middle school, and it changed the way she looked at baseball when her father took her to Cubs games at Wrigley Field.

O’Hara was not somebody with a wealth of data to research. There is no Statcast™, no strike zone mapping for University of Chicago softball. There were box scores and play by play. But she was resourceful.

“We kind of had pitch-by-pitch data,” she recalls, “but it was absolutely nowhere near the depth of what we have now. It’s kind of an anecdotal hypothesis that I wish I could prove, and I dug into whether our one pitcher was walking more players when she was catching. It ended up being relatively basic in that the walk rate really was higher. We had inside-outside pitch data that I could kind of see, but it never got nearly as deep as it could’ve gotten here. But it was interesting to have to navigate. This was not great data, but can I prove any of my hypotheses? Can this be useful for us on the field? Can it be anything?”

Between the walk rate and pitch data, O’Hara found what she needed to prove her theory right. One of the catchers left the team before they could test anything out on the field. The other took the data and her positive reinforcement to heart.

“I never got to have the follow-through, which was kind of a bummer,” O’Hara said. “But it was interesting nonetheless, and it gave me a chance to actually talk to people about data.”

More importantly, she had found her passion. O’Hara was a bright student looking for a way to stay involved in sports while putting her passion for numbers to work. She met a Chicago grad who was working in analytics for the Cubs and showed her the path to get a foot in the door on baseball’s analytics hiring trend.

A year later, O’Hara had an interview with the Tigers, who gave her data and a project to work on. She used her experience and gave them a result.

Her work landed her an internship with the club last year.

“I had done those for 10 or 12 clubs at that point, and I ended up getting the offer from them,” O’Hara said. “It worked out perfectly, but it was definitely kind of surreal, because the gap between when I realized that this was a job to have one the next year was, ‘Whoa.’

“I had just no idea what really I wanted to do. I remember thinking maybe I wanted to be a math teacher. I didn’t really know. I liked sports, but I didn’t really know what that route would be or if it was a thing. And then all of a sudden, I saw it.”

Now, through Major League Baseball’s Diversity Fellowship program, O’Hara is working full time with the Tigers, part of the team’s push to integrate analytics with scouting and build their organization around it. She’s also trying to help out other women hoping to follow her footsteps.

MLB created the Fellowship Program last fall as part of its Front Office and Field Diversity Pipeline Program, to attract people from different backgrounds and experiences into the game and offer them guidance and mentoring toward careers in baseball. Twenty-two fellows were selected. Some were placed with clubs, other in the Commissioner’s Office, working in various departments.

The Tigers were already interested in keeping O’Hara, having been impressed with her work. O’Hara liked working in an up-and-coming department where she had a voice. The fellowship not only helped, it provided mentoring and networking avenues.

[Senior direc Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ty Montgomery Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap tor of baseball analytics] Jay Sartori and [baseball analytics manager] Jim Logue brought it to me and said, ‘Hey, we think you should apply to this,'” O’Hara said. “‘We would love to keep you here for sure, but we also think this is a great way for you to network with other people.'”

Sartori worked in the Commissioner’s Office, with the Blue Jays and for Apple before joining the Tigers in 2015. Logue worked with the Yankees before coming to Detroit.

“All of us in the Tigers’ baseball-operations department feel fortunate to work among many talented, intelligent and passionate individuals — a mold that Maggie fits perfectly,” Sartori said. “With an elite education, a competitive nature and a great understanding of the game, she is very well equipped to provide meaningful contributions to the organization. Maggie has been a terrific addition, and we’re thrilled she accepted our offer to join us in a full-time role.”

The work is wide-ranging, and the hours can be long, especially on game days. Analytics impacts everything from offseason player moves to Trade Deadline deals to the just-completed MLB Draft. The data analyzed also impact on-field strategies; manager Ron Gardenhire has consulted with analytics on lineups and defensive shifts.

O’Hara remembers walking into the office and being amazed by the amount of data available, wishing she could’ve had that for her softball project. As the Tigers have integrated analytics onto the field more, the feeling of seeing their work demonstrated in something tangible that fans can see has been rewarding, as well as the communication they’ve formed with the coaching staff.

“There’s a lot of times when we sit in front of a computer and are running all of this data, and it would be really easy for us to sometimes say, ‘OK, now just do this and it will work.’ I think there’s that missing piece sometimes, that now there’s also a human element,” O’Hara said. “These are people.”

And with people, there are no absolutes, just probabilities. It’s a factor they have to note sometimes when it comes to defensive positioning — whether it’s an all-out shift or simply moving an infielder a step over.

“You only ever remember the ones when it doesn’t work,” O’Hara said with a laugh. “Everyone’s kind of risk-averse in that way. You won’t remember the time that Dixon Machado shifted over and it’s hit right to him, but we’ll be like, ‘Yes!’ But a normal fan is going to remember the one that sneaks through, or the bunt.”

O’Hara is the only woman in the Tigers’ analytics department. She is part of a growing segment of women in analytics across baseball, and she’s trying to help that effort. After meeting others in similar jobs, she teamed with baseball writer Jen Mac Ramos to start a Facebook group called Non-Cis Men in Baseball Analytics to not only connect women involved baseball analytics, but to provide a place for advice for women interested in pursuing the same career.

“It’s really helpful to be able to say, ‘I went through this; here’s what I’ve done, here’s a bunch of resources, and if you ever have questions, reach out to me,'” O’Hara said. “I’m really enjoying kind of throwing out an olive branch. That’s one of the biggest gaps for more women getting into the front office, is seeing people like them there and being able to talk to them about their experiences.”

Talking with her father, a lifelong Cubs fan, about her work has been an enjoyable experience in its own right. After all, he fostered her interest in baseball and in math from his business career. Still, he has had to connect his old-school baseball upbringing with her new-school line of work.

“He’s a pretty heavy math guy, so I think he’s kind of always been interested in sabermetrics,” O’Hara said. “He definitely stemmed my interest in that. But there are times when we’ll have a little spat about things and I’ll come at it with real data and he’ll come at it with anecdotal evidence. There’s some push there, but it’s good. It’s definitely been kind of funny.

“He plays fantasy baseball all the time. I think he sometimes thinks he can do my job. It’s fun for him, because I got him set up with the MLB Trade Rumors app, and he’s amazed. It’s been kind of fun to interact with him on Ty Montgomery Jersey For Sale  that side.”

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.


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White Sox, Tigers celebrate Father’s Ty Montgomery Jersey Day

CHICAGO — Before the White Sox and Tigers began their Sunday series finale, players honored their fathers in a special way.

Fathers of White Sox players threw out Sunday’s ceremonial first pitches to their sons, celebrating Father’s Day as part of the team’s pregame festivities. Among them were Jeff Engel, Joe Tilson and Glen Davidson. Tim Anderson, Matt Davidson, Luis Avilan, Joakim Soria, Miguel Gonzalez and Nate Jones caught pitches from their children as well. Manager Rick Renteria also participated, catching a pitch from his daughter and granddaughter.

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CHICAGO — Before the White Sox and Tigers began their Sunday series finale, players honored their fathers in a special way.

Fathers of White Sox players threw out Sunday’s ceremonial first pitches to their sons, celebrating Father’s Day as part of the team’s pregame festivities. Among them were Jeff Engel, Joe Tilson and Glen Davidson. Tim Anderson, Matt Davidson, Luis Avilan, Joakim Soria, Miguel Gonzalez and Nate Randall Cobb Jersey Cheap  Jones caught pitches from their children as well. Manager Rick Renteria also participated, catching a pitch from his daughter and granddaughter.

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Players around the Major Leagues wore special blue ribbons, hats and other gear for Father’s Day as MLB raises money for prostate cancer research. Through the Prostate Cancer Foundation Home Run Challenge, in which individuals and families can make a one-time donation or recurring donation whenever a player hit a home run from June 1 through Sunday, MLB has raised almost $2 million.

Tigers catcher James McCann weighed in on the meaning of the day. McCann is celebrating his first Father’s Day after the birth of his twin sons during the offseason.

Video: DET@CWS: McCann talks emotional first Father’s Day

“It’s definitely a different feeling with your wife, the mother of your kids,” McCann said. “It’s a special day.”

Tigers’ pitcher Matthew Boyd also chimed in on getting use Randall Cobb Jersey d to being wished a Happy Father’s Day. Boyd and his wife had a daughter last summer.

“It’s weird being the recipient. It’s really cool,” Boyd said. “I’m excited to see my girls in Cincinnati. They’re in Detroit, but they’re going to come spend the off-day with me. We have to figure out something to do there, but just being with them is going to be special.”

Tweet from @whitesox: A special message to our very own #SoxDads: pic.twitter.com/S5286Jxc7V

Anderson also spoke about the meaning of Father’s Day now that his daughter, Peyton, is two years old.

“I take pride in being a father, and it’s very important,” Anderson said. “I love my daughter to death, and I really just try to be a great example, and lead her in the right direction, give her the love and support that she needs. I keep her by my side as much as I can, and I treasure those moments.

“After I got called up my first year I had a good year, signed an extension, and that was a relief knowing that she’s going to be fine and she’s going to be well taken care of. It played a big role into me signing a contract early, and I’m grateful for it and that I’m able to support her and take care of her and give her what she needs.”

Big Hurt in the booth
Hall of Fame outfielder Frank Thomas spent Sunday in the broadcast booth as part of White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson’s last season of broadcasts. Thomas, who was given his nickname “The Big Hurt” by Harrelson, spoke about what Harrelson means to the White Sox.

“Hawk always had answers,” Thomas said. “When I went through a little struggle at times, he always would pull me to the side and say, ‘I want you to do something here, something there. Try this and that.’ Just something to key off of. Pretty much it worked, a lot. I was grateful for that.”

Harrelson has only called a handful of games this season, and he does so with special guests. Earlier this  Ty Montgomery Jersey season, he welcomed Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski to the booth.

Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.


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Ty Montgomery Jersey Jo Adell leads Sunday’s top MLB prospects

Here’s MLB Pipeline‘s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

Here’s MLB Pipeline‘s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

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California League pitchers are learning the hard way that Jo Adell’s power is for real.

Adell, the Angels’ No. 1 prospect (No. 53 overall), connected on a leadoff home run before finishing 3-for-4 with two RBIs as he led Class A Advanced Inland Empire past Rancho Cucamonga, 3-1.

The homer was Adell’s fifth in his past 10 games, during which he also has collected at least three hits on five occasions while hitting an even .500 (21-for-42).

The 19-year-old outfielder has hit eight home runs in 25 games since being promoted to Inland Empire, while his season total now sits at 14 homers in 50 games including his time with Class A Burlington.

What’s more, Adell’s last four home runs have all come in the first inning — something he also did twice with Burlington.

Altogether, the 2017 No. 10 overall Draft pick owns a .318/.373/.617 slash line with 30 extra-base hits, 47 RBIs and 11 stolen bases in his first full season.

Adell blasts leadoff homer

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Sunday

No. 31 overall prospect Jesus Luzardo (A’s No. 2) posted his second straight scoreless start, working five strong frames in Double-A Midland’s win against Frisco. The 20-year-old left-hander scattered three hits with two walks and one strikeout while throwing 45 of his 77 pitches for strikes. He’s allowed just one earned run on nine hits in 15 innings over his past three starts. Catcher Sean Murphy (A’s No. 6, No. 92 overall) helped his pitcher by going 2-for-3 with a solo home run and three runs scored. He’s gone deep three times in his past seven games, giving him seven homers in 53 games for the season.

Luzardo fans first batter of day

• No. 47 overall prospect Matt Manning (Tigers’ No. 2) wrapped up his week by notching a win in his longest start this season for Class A West Michigan. Working seve Ty Montgomery Jersey For Sale n scoreless innings, the 20-year-old right-hander allowed three hits and one walk to go along with six strikeouts. Now 10 starts into his season, Manning owns a 3.70 ERA with 68 strikeouts and 28 walks in 48 2/3 innings. Jose Azocar (No. 17) paced the Whitecaps’ offense by going 4-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored and two RBIs. After struggling in the Florida State League to begin his season, Azocar has produced a .304/.353/.506 batting line since a demotion to West Michigan.

Manning finishes seven scoreless

• No. 74 overall prospect Yordan Alvarez (Astros’ No. 4) came off the disabled list to hit a two-run homer, his seventh, that helped power Double-A Corpus Christi to an 8-6 win over San Antonio. The 20-year-old outfielder actually hit a pair of home runs on Saturday, only to have the game canceled due to weather. Regardless, Alvarez, after finishing 2-for-5 with three RBIs on Sunday, has now hit in 12 straight games dating back to April 25.

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Blue Jays No. 17 prospect Ryan Noda stayed hot with a 3-for-4 performance for Class A Lansing that included his eighth home run of the season and seventh in his past 10 games. The 2017 15th-rounder has been on a tear since the beginning of June, hitting .400/.463/.889 with eight extra-base hits and 18 RBIs in 12 games.

Brewers No. 21 prospect Trey Supak was a tough-luck loser despite turning in his best Double-A start in Biloxi’s 2-1 loss against Mississippi. He allowed two runs but both were unearned as the result of his own second-inning error. Otherwise, the 22-year-old righty allowed just four hits and matched his season high with eight strikeouts over six strong innings. Keston Hiura (No. 1, No. 45 overall) had another strong game at the plate for the Shuckers as he finished 2-for-5 with a double. The 21-year-old second baseman owns a .383/.431/.550 batting line in 16 games since his June 1 promotion to the Southern League.

Dodgers No. 23 prospect Tony Gonsolin posted a career-high nine strikeouts and did not issue a walk as he completed seven innings for the second time this season in a no-decision for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. Gonsolin allowed one earned run on four hits and generated another eight outs via ground balls, throwing 62 of his 90 pitches for strikes in the outing. The 24-year-old righty owns a 2.97 ERA over 14 starts, with 77 strikeouts and 22 walks in 69 2/3 innings.

Giants No. 28 prospect Jason Bahr allowed on Randall Cobb Jersey Cheap e earned run on two hits (one being a solo homer) in a no-decision for Class A Augusta. He issued two walks and struck out nine in the outing to push his season total to 88, second most in the South Atlantic League, through 68 2/3 innings (13 starts). He’s pitched to a 2.75 ERA and held hitters to a .211 average in that span.

Indians No. 5 prospect Nolan Jones’ two-run home run accounted for all of Class A Lake County’s offense in a 6-2 loss against Bowling Green. Finishing 2-for-4, Jones was the lone Captains player to tally multiple hits. The 20-year-old third baseman is having a strong first full season, with a .276/.395/.442 batting line and eight home runs through 55 games. He’s been especially hot of late, too, with 17 hits and a .447 average across his past 10 contests.

Video: Top Prospects: Nolan Jones, 3B, Indians

Indians No. 25 prospect Tyler Krieger hit a pair of home runs, stole two bases and was a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate for Double-A Akron. He’s homered five times this season and thrice in his past two contests after connecting on a solo shot Saturday. The 24-year-old outfielder-second baseman’s batting average jumped from .210 to .229 with the five-hit performance, the second of his career.

Rays No. 26 prospect Resly Linares was lights-out for five innings as he recorded his first win of the season for Class A Bowling Green. The 20-year-old lefty allowed just one hit in the performance, issuing one walk with a season-high eight strikeouts. He threw 73 pitches in the outing, 47 for strikes.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Blaine Hardy strong Ty Montgomery Jersey for Tigers in sweep of Sox

CHICAGO — Blaine Hardy isn’t giving up his rotation spot easily, and he might not have to. The Tigers, meanwhile, continue to hold their spot in the Indians’ rear-view mirror.

The last time the Tigers were at .500, they were 4-4 after sweeping the White Sox in Chicago on the first weekend of April. They came close a couple other times that month before falling back. As they left Chicago again Sunday, having finished off another three-game sweep of the Sox with a 3-1 win, they’re back within a game, at 36-37.

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CHICAGO — Blaine Hardy isn’t giving up his rotation spot easily, and he might not have to. The Tigers, meanwhile, continue to hold their spot in the Indians’ rear-view mirror.

The last time the Tigers were at .500, they were 4-4 after sweeping the White Sox i Randall Cobb Jersey n Chicago on the first weekend of April. They came close a couple other times that month before falling back. As they left Chicago again Sunday, having finished off another three-game sweep of the Sox with a 3-1 win, they’re back within a game, at 36-37.

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With a five-game winning streak, they’re threatening the break-even mark at a point later than last year’s team last stood with its head above water. Detroit’s current record is four games better than the veteran-laden 2017 club had through 73 games, and the Tigers remain within 2 1/2 games of Cleveland in the American League Central.

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Whether or not they’re considered competitive for the two-time AL Central champions, they’re competing in general. Unburdened by expectations, they continue to beat teams they’re expected to beat, and they take games from contending clubs. They’re taking what was a surprising start and stretching it beyond that.

“Any team wants to be over .500. It’s kind of that mark that lets you know you’re playing good baseball,” said Hardy, whose 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball continued his surprising stretch in the Tigers’ rotation. “When we’re within 2 1/2 games of the Indians at this point, that’s a good sign, especially since we go [to Cleveland for three games next weekend]. We can go in there and say we have full control over what the standings will be.

“It’s huge, especially in the circumstances that we have right now. We need to try to make a push, and I think we’re doing a good job of it.”

GM Avila encouraged by start, won’t alter long-range plans

Hardy (3-1) might best repr Ty Montgomery Jersey For Sale esent the Tigers’ season to date. After being designated for assignment in Spring Training and left unclaimed, brought back on the roster in May, then bumped into the rotation late last month by necessity, his pitching has forced the Tigers to continue keeping him in the role. He owns a 3.40 ERA while filling in for the injured Francisco Liriano in the rotation, and has allowed two runs or fewer in six of seven starts. He missed out on a qua Randall Cobb Jersey Cheap lity start by two outs Sunday, and might have gotten there if not for the heat wave that enveloped Chicago.

With a game-time temperature of 92 degrees, Hardy did his best to keep Detroit’s position players from wilting in the heat, delivering pitches quickly and innings efficiently. Matt Davidson‘s second-inning home run was the lefty’s only scoring damage. Hardy retired eight in a row from the third inning until Kevan Smith‘s infield single chased him with one out in the sixth.

“I’m not trying to say I was trying to speed up to get back inside for the cool-off period,” Hardy said, “but there were definitely times when I was like, ‘Here you go. Hit it.'”

Leonys Martin returned the favor with a highlight catch, crashing into the center-field fence to rob Tim Anderson in the fifth.

“He throws a lot of strikes, man,” Martin said. “That’s all you have to do, throw strikes. You throw a lot of strikes and force the hitters to swing the bat. And then we’re always aware of what’s going on. That’s good.”

Liriano is expected back next weekend, but Hardy has pitched well enough that Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said Sunday morning that the Tigers are working on a potential six-man rotation to carry them through the All-Star break. Even as the bullpen toils without a lefty reliever, Hardy’s performance as a starter has forced Detroit’s staff to think creatively and give pitchers extra rest.

“We’ve been really thinking this thing through,” Gardenhire said.

Hardy pitched with a lead from the moment he took the mound thanks to Nicholas Castellanos, who homered for the third time in two days and the ninth time this season. His drive to left field made White Sox starter James Shields (2-8) pay for a first-inning walk t Ty Montgomery Jersey o Jeimer Candelario. Niko Goodrum doubled and scored on a Jose Iglesias single in the fourth.

Video: DET@CWS: Castellanos plates 2 with a homer in the 1st

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Jimenez fans side in ninth: With closer Shane Greene off Sunday following four saves in as many days, Joe Jimenez took the ninth inning in search of his second big league save. Facing the bottom of the White Sox order, he threw 96+ mph fastballs with his first 10 pitches, and 98 mph on his last, to strike out the side.

“It was hot outside,” Jimenez said. “I was quick.”

Video: DET@CWS: Jimenez strikes out the side to earn save

SOUND SMART
The Tigers’ six consecutive road wins over the White Sox match their longest winning streak on Chicago’s South Side since July 15, 1979, to Aug. 26, 1980.

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Martin has shown his range to cover ground in center field all season, but his highlight catch Sunday showed him at the limits of it. Anderson’s drive sent him back to the linked fence in right-center, but he made the catch just before colliding with it. He hit with enough force that his right wrist still had marks from the fence on it after the game.

“It’s not a soft fence,” Martin joked.

Video: DET@CWS: Martin jumps against the wall to make catch

HE SAID IT
“We just go out there and try to get every single win. That’s it. We got close a couple weeks ago, and then we’re here again. We only care about getting every single game. That’s all.” — Martin, on the .500 mark

UP NEXT
The Tigers are off Monday before their road trip resumes in Cincinnati with a 7:10 p.m. ET start on Tuesday against the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Matthew Boyd (4-4, 3.23 ERA) will take the mound — and a bat — for Detroit, opposite Sal Romano (3-7, 5.67).

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.


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GM Al Avila talks Tig Ty Montgomery Jersey ers’ recent success

CHICAGO — The Tigers’ relative success this season has been a pleasant surprise for many, but it will not change the team’s plans, either this season or in the long-term. If anything, general manager Al Avila sees it as a sign that they’re headed in the right direction.

“It’s good that the team is winning,” Avila said Sunday morning. “What it shows is that we have young players here that have talent.

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CHICAGO — The Tigers’ relative success this season has been a pleasant surprise for many, but it will not change the team’s plans, either this season or in the long-term. If anything, general manager Al Avila sees it as a sign that they’re headed in the right direction.

“It’s good that the team is winning,” Avila said Sunday morning. “What it shows is that we have young players here that have talent.

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“When you put together a team of good young players like we have, you would hope that they rise to the occasion and play to their capabilities. Some will, some won’t, just like when you draft players or you sign players in the Latin market and you bring them through your system. The hope is that you have more that perform well than don’t, and right now we have been performing well. [Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire] has done a great job, [pitching coach Chris] Bosio’s done a great job, the coaching staff. We’re on a good path, and there’s nothing bad about that.”

The start, combined with Cleveland’s struggles to pull away in the American League Central, has left Detroit on the fringe of contention for the American League Central lead. But don’t expect the Tigers to load up on veteran talent to try to make a run. They’ve passed on signing anyone in the wake of Miguel Cabrera‘s season-ending biceps surgery, and they’ll take a similar internal approach at other spots.

“You’ve got veteran guys like Adrian Gonzalez out there and Hanley Ramirez. Well, for me, I’d rather go with our young players and see what they can do,” Avila said. “[John] Hicks right now at f Ty Montgomery Jersey irst base, he’s improved defensively. Obviously it’s a work in progress, but you see improvement as we go along. He’s hitting the ball well. For him it’s a tremendous opportunity, because he knows he can catch at the big leagues, he knows he can play first base, obviously he can DH on any given day. So he’s a great asset. So why would you want to go out and get a guy who’s 39, 40 years old, at this stage of where we’re at? So we feel we have the right guys in place right now, and we have some younger guys in the Minor Leagues that will be working themselves up, so that’s the way we’re going.”

As for trading away guys next month, as they did last year, Avila said the club will listen. It’s too early to say whether Nicholas Castellanos and Michael Fulmer could be part of the long-term plans, Avila continued, but they’re not ruling anything out.

Video: DET@CWS: Castellanos swats 2 homers, collects 5 RBIs

“I don’t have a mandate to trade anyone,” Avila said. “And we’ve not picked up the phone, and we’re not going to pick up the phone and say we’re trading so-and-so. That’s not our intent here.

“Our intent here is to be open-minded, and if somebody offers us something that quite frankly makes us better as we move forward, then we have to  Ty Montgomery Jersey For Sale really seriously consider that. And as we do move forward, which are the guys here that we feel may be here for the long-term? That’s not a decision that we could make a month ago, or that we can make right now. I think that’s a decision that, as we move forward, it will get us closer to that.”

Other items of note from Avila
Franklin Perez, the Tigers’ top prospect according to MLB Pipeline, has been out since mid-March with a lat strain but is throwing off a mound in Lakeland, Fla., and could be ready to make his organizational debut next month.

“Toward the end of the month, I’ll know more as far as when we’ll get him into a game,” Avila said. “Our thought was sometime in July. Two good months out of him, and then possibly the Arizona Fall League.”

Video: Top Prospects: Franklin Perez, RHP, Tigers

• Asked when fellow pitching prospect Alex Faedo could be promoted from Class A Lakeland to Double-A Erie, Avila said, “I would say you should follow very closely. He’s coming.”

• Top pick Casey Mize will likely pitch somewhere in the farm system this summer now that his college season is over at Auburn. Faedo, the Tigers’ top pick last season, did not pitch last summer after leading Florida to the College World Series. Mize has not yet officially signed.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.


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CINCINNATI — Nicholas Castellanos has picked up some newfound fame for his podcast with teammate Shane Greene, but he’ll need a lot more attention than that to gain ground in the hotly contested All-Star balloting for American League outfielders.

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CINCINNATI — Nicholas Castellanos has picked up some newfound fame for his podcast with teammate Shane Greene, but he’ll need a lot more attention than that to gain ground in the hotly contested All-Star balloting for American League outfielders.

VOTE: 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot

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The latest voting totals, released Tuesday, show Castellanos 11th among AL outfielders with 256,889 votes. By comparison, the top three outfielders in balloting — Mookie Betts, Mike Trout and Aaron Judge — all have more than a million votes.

Miguel Cabrera is the only other Tiger with enough votes at his respective position to be listed on the voting update. He’s fifth among first basemen, a spot he’ll likely relinquish soon now that he’s out for the season with a torn biceps tendon. That leaves Castellanos as the Tigers’ best All-Star hope among position players, though not a likely one.

Castellanos entered play Tuesday ranked fifth among AL outfielders with 144 total bases, sixth with a .310 batting average, 11th with a .365 wOBA and 11th with an .855 OPS. He has been the centerpiece of the Tigers’ offense, even when Cabrera was healthy.

Video: DET@MIN: Castellanos launches a solo homer to center

Fans may c Ha Ha Clinton Dix Jersey For Sale ast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites — on computers, tablets and smartphones — exclusively online using the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot until Thursday, July 5, at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps. Each fan can vote up to five times in any 24-hour period, for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.

The T HaHa Clinton Dix Jersey igers are encouraging their fans to vote through social media and incentives. Fans who #VoteTigers and follow @tigers on Twitter and Instagram will be eligible to win prizes, including game tickets, autographed memorabilia and game experiences. Fans who submit five online ballots that include the Tigers as their favorite club will be eligible for $10 off outfield box seats for select games in June, July and August.

Following the announcement of this year’s All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote for the final player on each league’s roster. Then on Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.


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Tigers Inbox: Can Detroit con Jimmy Graham Packers Jersey tend for title?

DETROIT — Sorting through the inbox at a coffee shop on the road from Detroit to Cincinnati: